The Game is Up

This paragraph illustrates beautifully how the music industry has changed:

In 2006 EMI, the world’s fourth-biggest recorded-music company, invited some teenagers into its headquarters in London to talk to its top managers about their listening habits. At the end of the session the EMI bosses thanked them for their comments and told them to help themselves to a big pile of CDs sitting on a table. But none of the teens took any of the CDs, even though they were free. “That was the moment we realised the game was completely up,” says a person who was there.

Indeed, I once had two really bad habits: of buying too many books, and buying too much music. Only the first remains. I haven’t bought a CD in three years. The times they have a-changed.

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